WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilmington Sharks took a 6-5 victory over the Morehead City Marlins in 11 innings last night at Buck Hardee Field.
Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University) continued his hot streak in the field and at the plate as he lined a full-count single to shallow right field to score Alec Makarewicz (East Carolina University) and walk-off the Sharks win. Ciufo finished the night 2-for-6 with two RBIs including the game-tying single in the bottom of the ninth.
Ciufo’s game-tying heroics would not have been possible if not for a preceding two-out double in the bottom of the ninth by Donald Hansis (College of Charleston) to score Taber Mongero (UNC-Wilmington). Hansis finished the game 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
Makarewicz produced his own heroics in the second inning with a home run, his fifth of the season, deep beyond the right field fence to score Zack Budzik (UNC-Greensboro) and give Wilmington a 2-1 lead. On the night, Makarewicz went 1-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.
John Behrends (Belmont University) and Mongero each went 3-for-5 to lead Sharks batters in total hits for the game. Budzik finished the game 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Left-hander Joey Kemlage (American International University) took the start for Wilmington and ventured three and one-third innings, allowed three runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts before exiting the game after consultation from the Sharks training staff.
UNC-Chapel Hill right-hander Max Alba relieved Kemlage and held Morehead City over four and two-third innings, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out five Marlins. Liam Doolan (Tennessee Wesleyan University) struck out three Marlins in one inning of work while allowing a run on one hit and one walk.
Sharks infield stifled Morehead City in the final two frames behind the pitching of Tyler Strickland (UNC-Wilmington). Strikland was awarded the win for his relief efforts as he limited one run after inheriting two as part of CPL extra-inning procedure placing two runners on base to begin each extra inning and walked two Marlins.
The Sharks return to Buck Hardee Field on Wednesday, July 28 to face the Holly Springs Salamanders with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Tickets are available for purchase at wilmingtonsharks.com or by calling 910-343-5621.